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Jul 11, 2013 11:51 AM

Here's what's slated for food court of Central Sq H-Mart

Assuming that H-Mart actually really does ever open up in Central Sq, these are three of the restaurants that want to open up in the food court section.

Sapporo Ramen - same as the one in Porter Sq

Go! Go! Curry!
"As Go Go Curry Group, we have 46 locations in Japan, 3 in Singapore, 1 in Brazil and 2 in the USA and this year, we focus to develop in Asia and the United States. Targeting to open 555 locations in 55 countries to give genki through serving Japanese comfort food, curry to the world."

Paris Baguette
Korea-based chain with bubble tea, shaved ice, baked goods


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  1. Interesting - reported many months ago that Paris Baguette was supposed to be opening in the former Kelly's/Marty's Liquors location at Harvard & Commonwealth in Allston, but there has been no sign of work in progress there.

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    1. re: Allstonian

      Pretty sure that was Tous Les Jours. Its off the market for what its worth.

      1. re: coolaugustmoon

        Yes, you are correct. I had gotten my Korea-based French bakery chains confused.

        1. re: Allstonian

          (this is probably a whole new thread, but Allstonian is probably best person to ask this)- Do you enjoy the coffee at TLJ? That corner has multiple options for coffee within a few blocks, some quite bad. If you found yourself standing at that bus stop, where would you go for iced coffee and where for espresso?

          1. re: coolaugustmoon

            Sorry - I've got no useful input. I've never been to a TLJ, and most of the coffee I drink I make myself, either at home or at the office.

            I rarely drink espresso, but among the neighborhood cafes I like both @Union and Refuge. I gather that the owner of In House is a lovely man, but I've never been in there. I blush to admit that for iced coffee I usually go with Dunk's.

            1. re: coolaugustmoon

              bagel rising has intelligentsia or counter culture or stumptown (can't remember which, but I know it's good) iced coffee.

      2. Wish it was a diff ramen restaurant. Also would like to see a nice Korean bunsik place perhaps.

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        1. re: lossless

          I really enjoy Sapporo. The soy sauce ramen there is pretty fantastic.

          1. re: mkfisher

            Diff tastes here - I find the flavors just off. And such small portions! (Also I miss the seaweed ramen.)

          2. re: lossless

            I've always left Sapporo full.. and worst case, pony up a few more bucks for extra noodles..

          3. Thanks for keeping an eye out for this. I wondered what was going to go in that huge double space.

            Paris Baguette sounds tedious--wonder if there's a way to get some local ethnic food in here--like the Szechuan side of Thailand Cafe, or those Puerto Rican cooks who used to cook at Cafe Latina.

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            1. re: femmevox

              If the cooks from Cafe Latino end up anywhere, making their pernil which was the best pernil in Boston, I WILL LIGHT A CANDLE. Doesn't it suck that you can't get away from the blather about what new concept restaurant such-and-such celebrity chef is at now, but awesome no-name cooks like this can just disappear without a trace? Ain't right.

              1. re: LilBrownBat

                They're at Discovery Cafe outside of Kendall, and they do the pernil on Fridays. It's often sold out by 12:30 though and it's not quite as good and not as good a deal (smaller portion, not that that's a bad thing here) - but it scratches that itch.

                Unless they've changed recently you have to ask for the tostones and the sauce, and if one of the non-Cafe Latino guys is servicing you they typically don't know what you mean.

                1. re: jgg13

                  Thanks for the tip...alas, Kendall is too far to go on a lunch hour probably, given that I've got a 12:30 meeting every Friday :-( But I'll probably sneak out early some day and go for it!

                  1. re: jgg13

                    Just to update this, popped in to Discovery Cafe for the first time in a long while. The pork is different, roast pork loin instead of the yummy shoulder. Not sure if this is a one time thing or just how it is these days.

                2. re: femmevox

                  I think Paris Baguette is a South Korean chain and has French like pastries with a Korean twist. e.g. kim chi donuts and taro scallion buns. It's not like Au Bon Pain. Think Yi Soon Bakery in Allston for a comparable. It was one of the few breakast places I went to in Busan that one could get coffee in the morning. The H Mart in Burlington has one.

                  Also, I had never noticed the Lotte Market on Mass Ave near the MIT museum (it's been there for 25 years according to an employee). It has a good variety of Asian/Korean goods there and I scored a 15 lb bag of Japanese rice for $12 last weekend.

                  1. re: gourmaniac

                    The bakery in H Mart is Tour Les Jours, or is this an alternate name for the same bakery? I would be less excited if it's another Tour Les Jours...despite a lot of raves that I heard, I haven't found anything I've tried at Tour Les Jours to be that good.

                    The Lotte Market is underappreciated. It's a smaller store so it's prices are a bit higher, but it has a surprising variety of stuff packed in there. Was my go-to place for me when I worked nearby, especially after the closure of the Kotobukiya at Porter.

                    1. re: kobuta

                      Tous Les Jours and Paris Baguette are rival chains, and both are all over South Korea. Similar offerings, not outstanding but definitely "authentically" Korean in this ever global world.

                      1. re: csk

                        Paris Baguette definitely easily outshines Tous Les Jours. But then maybe just the Framingham locations suxs. Yi Soon Bakery is even worse than Tous Les Jours...just a Chinese wanna be Korean bakery I think.

                        1. re: joebloe

                          I like a few of Yi Soon's items, and unless their offerings have drastically changed, I see a purely Chinese / Taiwanese bakery. How are they a Korean wannabe bakery?

                3. Having been to H Marts in Chicago, New Jersey and in Burlington I am scratching my head about just where in CS this is supposed to be located at. HMarts are pretty crazy....

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                  1. re: C. Hamster

                    Is the Harvest Co-op still there? Based on the address, it looks about that same spot. If not that one, then maybe what used to be that giant art supply store next door that was emptied a year or two ago. Looks like it will be a relatively small one nonetheless.

                    1. re: kobuta

                      Yes it is the old harvest coop space

                      1. re: kobuta

                        Harvest Co-op has moved across the street, and H Mart will occupy their former location.

                    2. Paris Baguette is pretty awesome in Flushing but pretty horrible in SoCal. I wonder which one will show up in Boston?

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                      1. re: joebloe

                        Well, after googling ingredients for Paris Baguette, it looks like they use real butter in their baked goods. I remember thinking Tous Le Jours tasted like margarine, so I'd welcome Paris Baguette.